When we heard from Luke and Rachel who turned a school bus into a cozy abode for themselves and their little daughter and Rebekah and Alex who built their small dream home out of her grandma’s 1905 garage, we HAD to see both for ourselves.
Well, according to the space-savvy couples, small appliances (like a 24-inch stove and an RV fridge), hidden storage (stairs aren’t just for climbing, apparently!) and strategic beds (Rebekah and Alex’s fold-up bed is GENIUS) are all key.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. Watch the video above for tours of both diminutive digs!
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BZB Cabins Walnut1 Log Cabin Kit
148 square feet
Made of Nordic Spruce
To live the simple life in a tiny home, the Walnut1 Log Cabin Kit is a great starting point. The cabin has just 148 square feet divided into two rooms that you can customize to fit your needs. There are lots of reasons you should retire to a tiny home, so try out tiny home life with this starter cabin.
Offers separate entrances for different sections of the home
The Boulder Cabin and Shed Kit has a total of 171 square feet, but it is divided into two separate areas with separate entrances. You could use the smaller area as a bathroom and the main area as a bedroom, or you could use the smaller area for storage as part of a lake or hunting cabin. One benefit of a tiny home's small price tag: It can help you retire early.
With 209 square feet on one level, you probably won’t want to turn this kit into your primary residence, but it is perfect for a beach or mountain getaway. The walls feature dual tongue and groove and wind braces and rubber and silicone seals for the windows to block wind noise. If you need help financing your tiny home, follow these five steps to do it.
The Lakeview Log Cabin Kit offers a Nordic Spruce exterior and a blank canvas that you can customize on the interior. If you’re partial to indoor bathroom facilities, you can use some of your space for a bathroom. Or, if you’re a master chef and want a larger kitchen, you can customize your cabin with more counter space and appliances. With this model, you must purchase the roofing shingles separately, which can add up to $1,000 more to the price. Remember, you'll probably face some expensive surprises when building your tiny home.
The Allwood Getaway is a tiny house that feels like a home. Because it includes a loft, you can use the entire first floor for living, kitchen or bathroom space, and use the loft for your bedroom area. To increase comfort, the walls are built with a windblock pattern to reduce noise.
The Birdwatcher cabin features a metal roof over a traditional log cabin. The cabin can be wired with electricity and plumbing, if connections are available, and you can customize a range of floor, siding and lighting options to create exactly the home you want. Even so, a tiny home doesn't always mean a smaller utility bill.
The Allwood Bella is perfect for a guest house at the lake with its simple design built from Nordic Spruce panels. But you’ll have to modify the default layout to add a bathroom, and you’ll need to supply your own foundation materials.
This tiny home has a kitchen, dining area and bathroom on the first floor, as well as a loft that can be used for a bedroom. The roof is tilted at an ideal angle for solar panels if you want to live off the grid. Then you can find a tiny home community for eco-lovers and live together.
The Allwood Timberline offers almost 500 square feet for you to relax in, plus a front porch to sit on. The loft includes a master bedroom and an extra space for storage. Though the default configuration doesn’t include a bathroom, the home can be customized to include one so you can use it as your primary residence.
Spoil yourself with the Allwood Eagle Point. This tiny home includes space for two bathrooms, including room for a full tub for you to relax in after a long day outside. The main floor also has a kitchen, living area and bedroom, with a master bedroom and spare room in the loft.